Bear – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing its investigation into a serious motor vehicle crash in which three pedestrians were struck by a school bus, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.
Austin said the incident occurred at approximately 8:22 a.m., Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the intersection of U.S. 40 (Pulaski Hwy.) and Porter Road. A 2016 Freightliner school bus, from the Christina School District, operated by a 55-year-old Newark man, was traveling southbound from Salem Church Road, and crossed all lanes of U.S. 40, in order to continue Porter Road southbound. The bus was proceeding with a green light and had the right of way.
A 36-year-old Newark woman, along with a 9-year-old female and 6-year-old male, were attempting to cross Porter Road without the right of way, and walked directly into the path of the school bus. Despite braking, the bus driver could not avoid striking the three pedestrians, knocking them all to the pavement.
The adult female pedestrian was transported by Delaware State Police helicopter Trooper 4 to the Christiana Hospital with serious injuries. The two juvenile pedestrians were transported to A.I. duPont Hospital for Children with non-life threatening injuries.
Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation) transported one of the children to A.I. duPont Hospital.
The driver of the school bus, along with a bus aide, who was a passenger, were not injured. There were no students on the bus at the time of the collision.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Cpl. J. Aube at 302-365-8483.